Rudy Giuliani's election hearing in Lansing, Michigan on Wednesday was full of incidents and talking points and didn't really achieve anything in uncovering any sort of voter fraud committed during the presidential election.
Firstly, there was Melissa Carone, who gave such a wild testimony that even Giuliani had to tell her to wind it in a bit.
Carone has made numerous headlines and gone viral for her animated speech, but there was another witness whose comments also bear noting.
Hima Kolanagireddy was a Republican poll watcher at the TCF Centre in Detriot, Michigan and spoke about the interactions that she had with other people on election day which she deemed as evidence of voter fraud (spoiler: there was no evidence). However, one very specific complaint that she brought up has raised some eyebrows.
Kolanagireddy, who The Wrap reports is a naturalised American citizen from India, was arguing for the introduction of voter ID to prevent any mistakes or confusion in the future. However, while arguing her point she managed to be unspeakably offensive towards people of Chinese origin.
"I come from a country where a lot of things go wrong. Our countries are known for corruption. But when it comes to elections, from what I’ve seen here to what we used to do back in India, it is a lot more organized now because we have an identification system. And the fact that now, as the other representatives said, you can actually show up and vote without an ID. It’s shocking. How can you allow that to happen?"
She then added:
“Like, a lot of people think all Indians look alike. I think all Chinese look alike. So how would you tell? If some Chow shows up, you can be anybody and you can vote. And if somebody with my name — you can’t even tell my name — anybody can vote on my behalf. So ID should be the basic requirement.”
It’s unlikely that such an argument, especially one presented as poorly as this, will make election official in the United States change their minds on the issue of voter ID, which is a very tricky subject in itself, as explained here by the American Civil Liberties Union.
This incident has occurred just a few months after one of Giuliani’s staff accidentally shared a video of him mocking and imitating Asian accents in a stereotypical manner.
Just in case you are keeping check, Donald Trump’s baseless claims about voter fraud have not been able to produce any evidence thus far but have succeeded in embarrassing Giuliani and even exposing a racist.